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Lando Norris

Norris ponders in-car 'jump' after missed Canadian GP pole

Lando Norris will start the Canadian Grand Prix from third on the grid as he sets his sights on a second career win in Formula 1.

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Lando Norris was left to rue a minuscule gap that saw him miss out on pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The McLaren driver ended Q3 in third place, just 0.021s down on pole-sitter George Russell.

Russell's lap time was identical to that set by Red Bull's Max Verstappen, but as the Mercedes driver was first to set the lap, he was awarded pole position.

Norris, who has one front row start to his name this season, will take the start from third alongside team-mate Oscar Piastri - a result he admitted to being content with.

“I’m super happy,” Norris said. “First of all, congrats to Mr. Russell. He has been quick all weekend so congratulations to him and Mercedes.

“I’m happy with third. When it's so close, you always think ‘could I have jumped in the car for that little bit more?'.

“But it was a good job by us so I'm happy and excited for [the race].”

Norris aiming to put on 'good show'

McLaren has showcased improved form across the last handful of races, with Norris emerging victorious in Miami last month.

With three podiums in his pocket already this season, Norris has set his sights on another strong finish to continue McLaren's strong momentum.

“Two overtakes tomorrow, easy, light work,” the Briton laughed. “I'm excited to see what we can do.

“The car has been great all season, especially the last three or four races, we’ve been on a good roll.

“There are two very fast drivers ahead and plenty of fast drivers behind so we'll put on a good show.”

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